Learning Every Day

Learning through everyday activities

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Toothbrushing

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Getting dressed

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Going shopping

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Going outside

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Tidying up

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Washing the car

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Growing plants and vegetables

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Bathtime

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Learning at bedtime

A calm, relaxing bedtime routine helps your child unwind from the…

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Learning Every Day

Learning at bedtime

A calm, relaxing bedtime routine helps your child unwind from the day, and get ready for tomorrow!

Things to try

  • They may like to be read a story or some nursery rhymes before bed, or they may like certain songs. Try out different genres to see what they like best, and what makes them sleepy.
  • Keep a few favourite books next to their bed. It’s best to choose one they know well, as it’s likely they’ll fall asleep quickly if the story is familiar to them. Try to hold the book so that you can both see any pictures.
  • They may prefer to hear stories told, rather than read from a book. See if you can remember classic tales, such as Red Riding Hood or Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
  • Listening to soothing music may help them drift off: look for quiet, gentle tunes or nursery songs.
  • Sleep Meditation for Children at Bedtime, an app created by a yoga specialist, features audio tracks and recordings for use at bedtime. If you have an iPhone, you can download it on iTunes Android users can download it on the Play store.
  • Before you leave their room, tuck them in and say ‘goodnight’. They might like to have a favourite teddy with them, or a small nightlight so they’re not in complete darkness.

What they’ll learn

  • Nursery rhymes and songs help to develop their listening skills, and helps them express their creative side
  • Many children’s stories follow a predictable pattern of events. Getting your child to guess ‘what ‘happens next’ helps develop their communication and language skills.
  • Talking about ‘bed time’, ‘night time’, and ‘clocks’ develops their maths skills.

 

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